Naik tells Adityanath to cut down his address to ‘readable’ length
Naik made his wish known to the CM during a meeting at Raj Bhawan here on Wednesday evening.lucknow Updated: May 12, 2017 12:39 IST
To make sure he reads out complete address before the joint sitting of the state legislature on May 15, governor Ram Naik has asked chief minister Yogi Adityanath to cut down his address to “readable length”.
Naik made his wish known to the CM during a meeting at Raj Bhawan here on Wednesday evening.
Yogi assured Naik that his suggestion would be taken care of when his address would be given final touches.
“I suggested to the CM that the governor’s address should be of reasonable length so that it can be read out before the joint sitting of state legislature within the stipulated time,” said Naik over the phone.
The governor’s wish for a shorter address probably has its origin in comparatively longer addresses that he has been expected to read out before the state legislature.
He was given a 109-page address to read out before the state legislature on January 28, 2016. This was 33 per cent shorter than the one given to him on February 18, 2015 (152 pages).
On both the occasions, the opposition shouted slogans and created ruckus in the house forcing him to leave after reading out the first and last lines of his address.
The governor’s address is considered a statement of state government’s policies and agenda, therefore, it becomes a bulky document. Usually, 90 minutes (from 11 am to 12.30 pm) are fixed for joint sitting of the state legislature. The governor is expected to read out his address within the stipulated period of time. Even if read out at a breakneck speed, one cannot read more than 40-50 pages in 90 minutes.
Addressing the orientation programme of 17th Vidhan Sabha here on May 3, Naik hoped the new members would listen to his address peacefully in the house. Naik has apparently realised he may not be able to read out the complete address in a peaceful house unless it is cut down in length.
According to sources, the governor’s address of 152 pages in 2015 has been the longest in recent years. This was about six times longer than the President’s address of 25 pages in 2015. This was also more than six times longer than the address of 27 pages that the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led government gave to the then governor TV Rajeswar in 2006.
Rajeswar’s address of 21 pages in 2007 was even shorter. Incidentally, the address of President APJ Abdul Kalam in 2006 and 2007 was longer (40 and 43 pages respectively).
In 2008, Rajeswar got 96 pages to read out while the then President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil had the address of 40 pages only.
In 2014, the then governor BL Joshi was expected to read out 107 pages against 17 pages read by the President. Similar was the case in 2013 when BL Joshi was given a 92-page address against the one of 14 pages given to the President.
In 2011 and 2012, President Pratibha Patil had only 10 and 12 pages to read while the then governor BL Joshi was given the address of 39 and 41 pages, respectively.
First Published: May 12, 2017 12:39 IST